Arsene Wenger confirmed this morning that Mathieu Debuchy faces up to six weeks out with his ankle injury picked up against Manchester City last weekend. Debuchy's absence has immediately called into question Arsene Wenger's decision not to replace Thomas Vermaelan - who moved to Barcelona this summer.
While the club has cover at right-back in the form of Callum Chambers he is also their covering centre-back, meaning Wenger has left himself thin on the ground regarding defensive cover. Meanwhile Hector Bellerin is an option at right-back, but he struggled against Borussia Dortmund in midweek and is still adapting to the rigours of this standard of football.
With that in mind Arsenal have found themselves linked with plenty of central defenders over the past week or so - in particular two former Premier League operators.
With Colombia star Mario Yepes joining San Lorenzo it has left Diego Lugano and Joseph Yobo up for grabs as free agents, with Wenger reportedly considering both as options.
But it is fair to say neither is exactly a spring chicken any more. Lugano's best days look well behind him and Yobo is not the domineering tower he was at Everton.
Both were poor for West Brom and Norwich respectively last season, but statistically, who is the best of this bad bunch?
|Team||Pos||Goals Conceded||Error Lead To Shot||Won Tackle||Total Clearance||Blocked shot||Interception||Aerial Won||Fouls||Apps||Mins|
|Diego Lugano||West Brom||DF||14||2||7||56||2||13||22||11||9||659|
In complete honesty, there is little to choose between them. Lugano is better at the basics and is certainly more of a force in the air. However Yobo's added pace makes him a more competent option when dealing with the Premier League's nippy forwards.
But in truth neither look like great options. Other options on the free agent list are perhaps more enticing. The Serbian Aleksandar Lukovic, formerly of Zenit Saint-Petersburg, would not be a bad acquisition.
Other then that there is Titus Bramble, Jean-Alain Boumsong or Lucas Neill - a veritable feast of Premier League has-beens. Arsenal are better off sticking with what they have got.